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SEA LIFE Orlando celebrates Shark Month July 8-29

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm

By Jennifer DiDomenico
A&E Editor


Grab your flippers and dive into Shark Month at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.

From July 8 to 29, you can sink your teeth into special shark-focused programming and activities. You can also have a chance to reel in the ultimate catch— a “#sharkfie,” or shark selfie.

SEA LIFE Orlando is home to a handful of species of sharks, with roughly 500 species existing in the entire world. Species at SEA LIFE include the Grey Reef Shark, Nurse Shark, Blacktip Reef Shark and most recently, a group of several baby Coral Catsharks.

Divers swim alongside these sharks every day in the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean habitats inside SEA LIFE. In honor of shark month, divers are carrying their cameras with them throughout the month to try to capture selfies with the sharks, and also with guests from beyond the other side of the glass. The shark dives start at 11:30 a.m. and recur hourly until the final dive at 5:30 p.m.

“Our guests love coming to visit SEA LIFE because of how immersive and interactive our aquarium is,” SEA LIFE Orlando General Manager James Paulding said in a press release. “From the moment you walk in the door, it’s like you’ve been transported to a magical underwater world. The idea to offer these beyond-the-glass shark selfies for Shark Month really stemmed from our desire to further expand on the playfulness and interactivity of the SEA LIFE experience so we decided to turn our divers into underwater photographers. Sharks are notoriously camera shy so hopefully with the help of our ‘sharkarazzi,’ a few of our lucky and brave guests will catch a #sharkfie.”

SEA LIFE Orlando is also offering special shark-focused Dive Talks and Toddler Times throughout the month. Dive Talks are scheduled throughout the week, while the aquarium opens early every Tuesday to host Toddler Time — a special, half-hour interactive and educational program for its youngest explorers — beginning at 9:30 a.m. Toddler Time is held in front of the Indian Ocean habitat, and features story time and a hands-on activity. Young guests who complete a shark scavenger hunt will be entered for a chance to win a shark plush from the gift shop.

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is located at the newly rebranded ICON Orlando 360 on International Drive in Orlando. Florida residents receive discounted admission, which can be purchased online in advance. Admission is free to toddlers ages 2 and under.

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